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Oklahoma teen denied diploma for using the word hell in graduation speech
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Oklahoma Teen Denied Diploma for Saying ‘Hell’ in Graduation Speech [VIDEO]

Kaitlin Nootbaar was valedictorian of her graduating class at Prague High School in Prague, Oklahoma, but she has not yet officially graduated. The 4.0 student used the word 'hell' in her commencement speech, and school officials are now refusing to grant her a diploma.

Is it fair?

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Should Kids Be Fined for Skipping School?

You may already know some lucky kids are being rewarded with things like shoes, iPads and even cars just for showing up to school. But if they don’t, is it fair to fine them — and their parents?

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Which Is More Important – ‘Book Smarts” Or ‘Street Smarts’?

Getting a formal education on the road to success is the American way, but many people have made good livings by relying on others skills that were not learned in the classroom.

So does this mean “street smarts” are as important as “book smarts?”

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Fenton High School Juniors produce Bully video, but it's pulled by FHS administrators`
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‘Bully’ Video Produced by Fenton High School Students, Banned by Administrators [Watch Here]

A controversial video titled 'Bully', produced by Fenton High School Juniors Abby Barnard and Kirsten Humitz, has been pulled from YouTube at the request of FHS administrators.

The video features some rather disturbing accounts of bullying from victims, as well as those who've participated in bullying other students.

Is the school upset because students say school administrators sometimes look the other way?

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High school students suspended for harmless prank
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Michigan High School Lifts Suspensions After Harmless Senior Prank [VIDEO]

A high school in Michigan suspended 60 seniors, then later rescinded those suspensions after parents and staff were outraged by the school's overreaction to a senior prank. Students at Kenowa Hills High School in Walker decided to forgo traditional senior pranks that often include vandalism, and organized a bike parade.

That's right, a bike parade that led to suspensions, and threats from school administrators that the seniors wouldn't be able to participate in graduation.

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President Obama Delivers Commencement Address At Joplin High School
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Teacher Goes Into Crazy Rant When Student Questions Obama [NSFW AUDIO]

Usually, I give teachers the benefit of the doubt.

Screaming at a student? Completely out of line.This Social Studies teacher is obviously ill-informed, when she tells a student he can be arrested for speaking out against the president.

Warning, the language is not suitable for work, and definitely not suitable for a classroom.

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The Flipped-Classroom model underlines a new way for students to learn
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New Way to Learn: Michigan Classrooms Flipping Out [VIDEO]

Technology has changed the way we work, the way we interact with friends, and now the way students learn.

The 'Flipped-Classroom' model turns traditional classroom methods upside down. Rather than receiving instruction in class through a lecture, students are getting video-based instruction, often at home. Class time is devoted to discussing and applying the material.

One Michigan school is reporting tremendous success.

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Liz Henry, Flickr
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Six-Year-old Arrested For Throwing Tantrum At School

Some parents of a six-year-old aren't happy with their daughter's school after she was handcuffed and taken to the police station. School officials say the girl was throwing furniture, tearing off stuff from walls and injured the principal when she knocked over a shelf.

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Warn Kids About ‘Cinnamon Challenge’ Dangers [VIDEO]

Here's how I like to enjoy cinnamon.

(It's a cinnamon roll from Gracie's in New Lothrup.)

And then there's the 'Cinnamon Challenge.'

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A Michigan high school student has been hospitalized after taking a cinnamon challenge
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Michigan Teen Hospitalized After Attempting ‘Cinnamon Challenge’

An Ann Arbor area high school student has been hospitalized after participating in a 'cinnamon challenge' where students attempt to ingest a teaspoon of cinnamon is less than 60 seconds.

It's a phenomenon that's been catching on with high school students, and its popularity can be attributed partly to social networking sites and YouTube.

It's also dangerous.

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Student Reprimanded For Wearing A T-Shirt That Read ‘All The Cool Girls Are Lesbians’

A Massachusetts high school has set off a national free speech debate after a student was reprimanded for wearing a T-shirt that proclaimed, 'All the Cool Girls Are Lesbians.'

The student, who hasn't been publicly identified, complained in a letter to the chairwoman of the Lynn, Mass School Committee  and mayor of the town that in January, she was asked by a vice principal to cover up the T-shirt and never wear it again.

Take the jump for the rest of the story.

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Students Could Play On Sports Teams According To Their Gender Identity

A law is trying to get passed in California, to make it okay for students to try out for sports according to their "gender identity" instead of their "biological sex." This means that if a boy thinks he's a female, then he can try out for a girls' sports team and vice versa, according to CBS Los Angeles

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